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4 days and 4 nights

Hello, I am ending a two week trip to Greece with 4 nights and just over 4 days in Croatia. We fly into Dubrovnik in the afternoon of the 28th May, and will fly to Helsinki (will stay overnight) the night of the 1 June (flight leaves at 8pm.) I wish I had several more days. As it stands, I think we can do either a day trip to Bay of Kotor, or a quick overnight to Korcula. Or, possibly a day trip to Mostar. One of those will fit in, but not more.

Suggestions or thoughts from people who have been? If FinnAir changes my flights, I'm definitely going to book additional days. But if they don't, I would like to do at least one of those. They all look enticing.

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The problem with going to Korčula is the ferry schedule. It leaves Dubrovnik at 4:30 and takes over an hour and half. Then the ferry back to Dubrovnik is early the next morning at 10:00. Not much time on the island. Besides, it is sometimes described as a small Dubrovnik, very similar. We haven’t made it to Kotor, after having to cancel this past September due to illness. We did make it to Mostar, a much shorter drive and different from Dubrovnik. If you go, eat at a restaurant called the Urban Grill Terrace and ask for a table with a view of the bridge. The food is great as is the view.

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I would do an overnight trip in Mostar before going to Korčula or the Bay of Kotor.

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I have been to both Korcula & Mostar and loved them both. We stay a couple nights in Korcula and wished we could have stayed longer. If you can work it into your schedule I would highly recommend both. Mostar was a life altering experience. We were fortunate to spend the night.

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MaryPat, you were the one who turned me on to the Bay of Kotor, lol!

Janis, thank you for the information about Mostar. I think it would be very interesting too.

Barbara, thanks for the info on the ferry.

I sure hope that FinnAir changes my flight again- I have at least 6 months for them to do so!

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Aimee, if you were taking a day trip from Dubrovnik definitely the Bay of Kotor. Since you’re willing to spend a night elsewhere, go to Mostar.

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Mostar!
And try to book a walking tour.
The city is fascinating and scenic.

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Aimee, I would agree with SharYn’s suggestion to hire a guide for Mostar. While on our RS Adriatic tour we had an excellent local guide who was a child during the war and therefore was able to tell her story of survival and her life since then. Edited to add: I believe our guide was Alma in 2018. https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/day-tours/recommended-tour-or-guide-for-mostar
https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/croatia/tour-guide-in-dubrovnik

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Oof. It all sounds awesome. Ok, so I think we are leaning towards an overnight in Mostar, possibly booking a drive to/from Dub with Dubrovnki Riviera tours, that I've read about here? We usually rent cars, but based upon some reading that car rental is expensive there, and such, we will probably just price out a driver. Does anyone know if the tour operator above would take the mountain route? That sounds more interesting to us. Then a guided walking tour in Mostar with the above suggestion.

My next unrelated question is, I'm thinking of booking lodging for Dubrovnik at Dubrovnik Gardens, down below the Stradun. What are pros and cons to lodging above/below? I see that RS talks about both options in the guidebook, but doesn't really talk about why one would choose which one.

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Regarding the tours ,one thing: Mostar is quite different from these areas you visit near the sea.
Customs, architecture, meals. Same warm people.

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As far as lodging in Dubrovnik, our RS Tour group stayed at Hotel Aquarius outside old town. This was in the Lapad area and was a 10 min. bus ride to old town. It was a great place to get away from the noise & crowds. We toured old town by 0830 and avoided the mass crowds. That said, if we would return we would stay in the same area but this hotel: https://www.timeout.com/croatia/restaurants/kazbek-restaurant Our group had a wonderful dinner here on the last night of our tour.